Monday, May 24, 2010

Homeopathy for Sports Injuries

Below are some of the most common and effective remedies for various muscle aches, pains, bruising and injuries from sports,  physical exercise and/or exertion:
Arnica montana
Arnica is the sine qua non for all forms of trauma, including soft tissue injuries, falls, blows, bruises, contusions, sprains, strains, broken bones, overexertion, mental stress, shock, and PTSD. Arnica is an essential addition to any sports first aid kit. Arnica can be helpful at the time of acute injury or even years later for injuries that have failed to completely heal.
Hypericum perforatum
Hypericum is one of the best medicines for injured nerves, especially in sensitive areas like the fingers, toes, and under the nails. It is useful in crush injuries, painful lacerations, and when intolerable, violent, shooting, and sharp pains are present. It is helpful in cases of brain and spinal cord injury. Hypericum can be used when wounds feel more tender than they look. It can also be helpful post-operatively for nerve injuries or after tooth extractions.
Rhus toxicodendron
Rhus tox is helpful in cases where there is pain and stiffness of muscles and joints known as the “rusty gate” phenomenon. Helpful in strains and sprains caused by over-lifting or overexertion.
Ruta graveolens
Ruta is highly effective in cases of injured or bruised bones, joints, and tendons that present sore, aching pains and restlessness. Ruta has special affinity for the flexor tendons of the ankles and wrists. It is helpful in cartilage injuries and bruises of the periosteum. Helpful in sciatic pain that is worse when lying down at night and for persistent lameness and weakness after sprains or strains.
Symphytum is particularly helpful in injuries to bones, cartilages, and periosteum when there is excessive pain
. It is good for old painful injuries that have failed to heal properly. Useful in fractures and broken bones where there is a pricking or stitching sensation that remains after the wound is healed. Symphytum is known for its ability to help heal nonunion of fractures.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Role of Homeopathy in the Management of Autism

M.A. Rajalakshmi BHMS, M.S.
Consultant Homeopathic Physician and Psychotherapist
Anjana Homeo Clinic
Faculty, Gokula AYUSH Arogyadhama, Center for Holistic Well-Being of M.S. Ramaiah Medical College & Hospital

Address: Bangalore

Source: The Internet Journal of Alternative Medicine™ ISSN: 1540-2584

Citation: M. Rajalakshmi : Role of Homoeopathy in the Management of Autism: Study of Effects of Homoeopathic Treatment on the Autism Triad . The Internet Journal of Alternative Medicine. 2008 Volume 6 Number 1
Autism is a disorder with a wide range of severities. The major issues that come up while dealing with autism are in the following areas: Firstly there are the behavioural issues such as hyperactivity, temper tantrums, poor attention span, decreased concentration and poor focusing. Secondly there are the speech, language and communication issues that are a major concern for parents. Thirdly there are the social skills impairment such as poor eye contact and poor interaction with peers. It has been seen that it is not possible to manage the above mentioned problems with just training alone. Learning is not possible when the child is hyperactive or is not able to focus or concentrate. Also the behavioural and communication problems may stem from an internal rather than an external cause that needs to be rectified. In such a situation it has been observed that with homoeopathic treatment the child's understanding, eye contact and in the long run, communication also improve. For example: In one case, a parent mentioned that she was trying to train her son in self care activities that was very tedious, as she had to make him do it step by step and he would forget it immediately. She would then have to repeat the whole process every day. But after homoeopathic treatment, she just had to ask him to do that activity and he would comply without making any mistakes as his understanding and receptive language skills had improved.
Homoeopathy and other natural treatments have recently come into focus as possible effective treatment modalities for autistic spectrum disorders. The book, Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homoeopathy by Amy Lansky is a case in point.
This study aims to throw light on how Homoeopathy can be used as an effective tool for the management of Autism.
In this paper I attempt to highlight the effectiveness of Homoeopathic treatment for autism with case studies, based on my experiences of treating Autism Spectrum Disorders in a special school setting where I worked as a consultant for four years and in my private practice.